We're off to see the wizard of odd
By STEVE JANSEN
bizarro resume of self-confessed odd duck Hillary
Carllp reads like a schizophrenic pop-culture fusion
of the past 40 years: juggling teacher to Lucille
Ball; dancer in the Olivia Newton-John vehicle Xanadu;
member of the cult rock band Angel and the Reruns
(which made a cameo appearance in the Tom Hanks film
Bachelor Party); Web master for Jennifer Aniston's
site and the Fresh Yarn online essay salon; fire eater
on The Ellen Degeneres Show; and author of
Girl Power: Young Women Speak Out, an intoxicating
collection of teen essays that survived an entire
bitch-slapping hour on Oprah. And that's just
a short list.
Thursday, May 4, at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428
South McClintock Drive in Tempe, the do-everything
multimedia wizard will tell truthful tall tales from
her new memoir, Queen of the Oddballs: And Other
True Stories From a Life Unaccording to Plan.
In addition, Carlip and fellow eccentric, writer,
and performance artist Tania Katan, will reenact the
comedic juggling-and-song routine that won Carlip
the first-ever perfect score on The Gong Show.
According to Carlip -- whose writerly voice has been
compared to that of fellow humorist David Sedaris
-- an oddball is "somebody who feels like an
outsider, but instead of feeling ashamed, celebrates
it and lives a creative life. I'm happy to say that
I lead a life where I do what I want."
reading/performance begins at 7 p.m. Admission is
free. Call 480-730-0205